Special Olympics Idaho faces financial shortfall

Special Olympics Idaho staffers are hoping the public will step up to help the organization get out of its current money crunch.

“Special Olympics Idaho is experiencing a revenue shortfall due to the statewide increased demands of our program services and athlete growth, higher cost of putting on competitions and training, coupled with the unexpected cancellation of some benefit events conducted on the organization’s behalf which were in the budget for over $60,000,” said Laurie La Follette, the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, in a news release.

“We do not want to have to cut programs to our most vulnerable and neglected Idaho citizens, those with intellectual disabilities, whose participation in Special Olympics Idaho programs positively impacts their lives.”

The public can help the cause by donating online at idso.org or by mailing checks to Special Olympics Idaho, 199 E. 52nd St., Garden City, Idaho 83714.

About 3,000 Idahoans with intellectual disabilities currently participate in the organization’s statewide programs.

Special Olympics Idaho, founded in 1971, hosted the Special Olympics International World Winter Games in 2009. The organization provides training and athletic competition in 16 Olympic-style events on a year-round schedule.